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Hamama v Adducci

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The Trump Administration is deporting a growing number of Iraqi nationals who say they face likely persecution and death if returned to that country.

These Iraqis are part of a court case, Hamama v. Adducci, that challenged their planned deportations. Many have criminal records and standing deportation orders. But they say Iraq is too dangerous to return to.


The ACLU says a new appeals court decision will deny people facing deportation the right to make their case in immigration court, even if they believe deportation puts them at risk of death.

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

Updated 4:45 p.m. 12/20/18

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has thrown a last-minute monkey wrench into the ongoing legal battle by the ACLU and Miller Canfield to free Iraqis living in the U.S. who were rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the summer of 2017.

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The Metro Detroit man who’s become the face of about 200 Iraqis fighting deportation was allowed to walk free on bond after an immigration judge’s ruling on Thursday.

Usama Hamama, better known as Sam, has been in jail since he was swept up in immigration raids last June. Those raids centered in Metro Detroit, and targeted Iraqi nationals with prior criminal convictions.